Beyond OpenStack: GARR experience in designing and implementing a container Platform tailored on the Research community
In the world of public clouds, many companies are investing on containers, but this technology hasn't caught on with academia and research yet, despite the fact that some of its features are especially attractive for some categories of scientific applications. At GARR, we’re launching a container platform dedicated to the Italian Research community. We selected an architecture which allowed us to implement containers at the bare metal level. This approach caters for better performances and offers a direct access to the interfaces of specific devices, including GPUs (Graphics Processing Units), that cannot be shared with traditional virtualization techniques.
Our platform highly relies on automation techniques, in order to to easily and quickly deploy the containers and reboot them at need, thus ensuring very high levels of fault tolerance.